Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 2
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
On the sideline of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem, ISNA reported Oct. 2.
According to the report, the two sides discussed the latest events in Syria, insisting on combating against terrorism and extremism.
Iran, Syria top diplomat's meeting occurred while Russia, another ally of Bashar al-Assad started air strikes over ISIL.
On Oct. 1, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said Ankara is concerned over the Russian air forces' operation in Syria due to the information that the air strikes were inflicted on civilians.
"We are concerned over yesterday's operation conducted by the Russian air forces in Syria because there is information that Russia's planes are attacking not the IS, but civilian objects," he said at a press conference in New York. "If it is true, then we are very concerned about it."
"This [attacks on civilians] is the thing we want least in Syria," he further added. "This can lead to aggravation of problems in the country, but not settle the long-standing Syrian crisis."
Earlier, Russia's President Vladimir Putin appealed to the country's Federation Council for a permission to use the Russian armed forces abroad. The Federation Council granted the request.
The head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Ivanov told reporters Sept. 30 that the decision concerns Syria and the matter rests only in an operation of the air forces.
Russia earlier sent its warplanes to Syria after a request from Damascus.
Edited by CN